The online harassment and cybersecurity landscape changes and evolves rapidly. To help you, newsrooms, and colleagues keep up with these changes, we rounded up our favorite (and most up-to-date) online harassment resources to help secure your online presence or reach out for support in case you face online harassment in 2019. Bookmark these resources so you can easily and quickly find them for yourself, your colleagues, or friends.
PEN America champions the freedom to write and advocates for writers and journalists. Informed by a survey of 230 writers and journalists, the organization released this uber-comprehensive digital manual full of strategies and tactics for writers, journalists, and allies to act against online harassment.
We launched Action Plans in 2018 to give journalists and others facing online harassment a clear, yet flexible, path to action. Based on the power of checklists and backed by expert advice, input from journalists, and our own research, you can choose an Action Plan based on the type of harassment you face or a specific concern. Share with your newsroom, colleagues, and bookmark for quick access. No need to be overwhelmed by the amount of information. As a first step, download the Account Safety Cheat Sheet and start securing your online presence one small task at a time.
Feminist Frequency is a comprehensive—but straightforward—guide to staying safe online without undermining your public voice. It’s right in line with our belief that people should speak freely online without fear. When we provided individuals facing online harassment with direct service, we often recommended this resource to them as a starting point.
AccessNow is an organization that works to advance human rights in the digital age. Their digital security helpline can help you or your organization proactively stay safe online. They also provide support if you’re already experiencing an attack. AccessNow’s services are free and they specialize in assisting human rights defenders, media professionals, and activists.
Additional Security Resources:
- To better assess and understand threats you might face, learn how to threat model with the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
- If you’re a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc, a nonprofit that serves investigative journalists, you can download this comprehensive physical and electronic surveillance tip sheet. Produced by Jorge Luis Sierra, an independent journalist and cybersecurity expert, the tip sheet covers how to detect surveillance and keep yourself and your information secure.
Unfortunately, not all online harassment can be addressed through legal means, but it’s always helpful to explore all your options. PEN America has a handy legal resource list. Keep it in case you, a colleague, or a friend need to consult with a lawyer. In particular, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press [RCFP] is worth a call out for their support hotline.
Crisis Text Line will connect you with a crisis counselor when you need it. Online harassment is a crisis and can cause trauma. If you’re experiencing online harassment, it is completely OK and normal to seek support. Keep Crisis Text Line in mind if you feel overwhelmed and encourage friends and colleagues to do the same.
You can find even more of our favorite resources in our comprehensive resource list for journalists, including emergency funds, legal support, guides and tip sheets, and professional organizations.